“When fasting, you should fast in body and in heart, abstaining from meat, gossip and slander. ‘This person is good or this person is bad.’ The fasting tongue is better than the fasting mouth; and when the heart abstains from wrath, that is better than both. Begin fighting against old habits to eliminate them one by one. Have you, for example started a war against lying, to eliminate this drive out slander, and so one one by one, until you conquer, by the grace of Jesus, all the bad habits and become a new man. Then, you will feel God’s great blessing, and the consolation of the Lord Jesus supporting you; that amidst any trouble you will cry with the prophet David saying, “In the multitude of my thoughts within me, Your comfort delights my soul.” Pray to the Lord Jesus to give you such blessings.”
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.” (Phil.2:5-7)
The Coptic Orthodox Church prepares for the celebration of the Feast of Nativity through the Advent Fast, which begins on November 25 and ends with the Feast of Nativity on January 7.
The Saint Pope Kyrillos VI: